Monday, June 16, 2014

RSS Feed: Receiving Notices when New Posts are Available

As we change the newsletter format, we will continue to use email list to inform you of new, weekly posts. However, the blog format allows greater flexibility which includes posting whenever an issue comes up. Instead of us sending links to posts as they are created, you can set up your own notification system to receive either an e-mail or a notice to an APP on your smartphone.

To receive these updates as they are posted, sign up for the RSS feed.

So what is an RSS feed?

RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, many online resources (e.g. websites, blogs) have them. Here is the standard symbol/link for an RSS feed (typically much smaller size than this one):

After you sign up for a RSS you will be notified when new content is available on the corresponding website, blog, etc.  Usually this is in the form of an email notification.  The email notification will usually contain a link that will take you to the new posting. 
 
The Cropping Issues in Northwest MN ( http://nw-minnesota-crops.blogspot.com ) has a RSS that looks like this:
 
at the bottom of the right column
Consider signing up for the RSS feed. This may create a “double” notification for those of you that sign up for the RSS, but please bear with us during the transition.
 
Another popular option for RSS subscriptions is to use an RSS reader program or application.  An RSS reader is a program or application that manages your RSS subscriptions.  You can think of a RSS reader as a kind of web browser, where you go to see all of your RSS feeds in one place.  Here are two links that critique a few different RSS readers (note these are NOT UNIVERITY links):
 
 
You may have to experiment with several different RSS readers until you find one that works for you.  Choosing the best RSS reader will depend on: user preference (e.g. catsup or ketchup), operation system (e.g. PC or iOS), and device used to read postings (e.g. Desktop computer, tablet, or phone).  Good luck choosing one, we would be interested in hearing what worked for you!